British Composer Awards
3 December 2009
Gabriel Jackson has won the choral prize at the British Composers Awards 2009Maggie Hamilton
Gabriel Jackson's The Spacious Firmament has won the accolade of best choral work at the 2009 British Composer Awards. Jackson's work, which sets Joseph Addison's ode for mixed choir, brass and organ, was commissioned by the John Armitage Memorial and premiered by the BBC Singers and Onyx Brass in 2008. The composer told Choir & Organ: ' I was absolutely delighted to win for myself, but also for the John Armitage Memorial who commissioned the piece, whose amazing work in commissioning new music, in giving opportunities to young composers, and in putting on numerous performances around the country is deserving of wider recognition and our great gratitude.'
Sir John Tavener's Christmas Sequence Ex Maria Virgine, which has been recorded on Naxos by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, won the liturgical award.
The awards were announced at the annual BACSA ceremony on 1 December at the Law Society, London. The full list of results can be found at www.britishcomposerawards.com/
4 November 2009
A concert to raise funds for Pancreatic Cancer UK will be held in London’s Cadogan Hall on 24 November. ‘Out of the shadows’ has been organised by James Brown, managing director of artist managers Hazard Chase Ltd, in memory of his brother Robert, who died of the disease at the age of 54 in November 2008, 14 months after Luciano Pavarotti died of the same cause.
Stephen Layton will conduct the English Chamber Orchestra and The Holst Singers in music by Fauré, Vaughan Williams and Holst.
A webpage, linked to the concert, has been set up for
anyone wishing to donate to Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of Robert Brown: www.justgiving.com/robertbrownconcert
Out of the shadows
English Chamber Orchestra, The Holst Singers / Stephen Layton (dir)
Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music
Walton: Henry V Suite (Passacaglia: The Death of Falstaff and ‘Touch her soft lips and part’)
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Holst: Brook Green Suite
24 November at 8pm, Cadogan Hall, London
In aid of Pancreatic Cancer UK
Tickets: £30, £26, £22, £18 available from the Cadogan Hall box office: 020 7730 4500 or online: www.cadoganhall.com
Spitalfields organ contract signed
2 November 2009
William Drake has signed an agreement with Christ Church Spitalfields, London, to restore its 1735 Richard Bridge organ.
This signing marks a significant stage in rehabilitation of the church, which fell into disrepair during the 20th century but which has been undergoing a major restoration programme since the 1960s and which finally reopened in 2004. The organ, well known for its sound and its magnificent case, is the only large English organ to survive from the age of Handel, but it has not been heard for over half a century: during the building works it was dismantled and kept in store.
Consultant Dr William McVicker commented, 'The organ’s value is immense. It is a remarkable survival of the period and represents a jewel in the crown of Hawksmoor’s masterpiece of Christ Church. But it also represents a missing piece in the jigsaw of 18th-century musical culture.'
William Drake already has an impressive portfolio of historic organ restorations, including Lulworth Castle Chapel, Dorset (1780-5) St Paul, Deptford (c.1745), St Anne, Limehouse (1851) and the Ball Room organ in Buckingham Palace (1818,1855).
The work is estimated to take four years and to cost over £1 million. Support has been pledged from around the world and the Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields, who are managing the project, are raising the remaining funds.
For more information and to support the project please contact +44 (0)20 7859 3035, email@example.com
THE BRITISH ORGAN IN THE 20th CENTURY AND BEYOND: CALL FOR PAPERS
27 October 2009
The Oxford Organ Conference will take place on 15–18 April 2010 at Merton College, on the theme of ‘The British Organ in the Twentieth Century and Beyond'.This is the last conference of a four-year sequence entitled ‘The Organ in England: Its Music, Technology, and Role through the Second Millennium’, organised by the Betts Fund of the University of Oxford, and the British Institute of Organ Studies. The Royal College of Organists will be holding its spring meeting in Oxford at the same time and some joint events will be included in the Programme.
300-word proposals for 20-minute papers and
lecture-recitals are welcome on any and all relevant topics. The organisers
offer the following broad areas as suggestions for possible lines of enquiry,
but these are not meant to be limiting:
- The organ in musical and artistic culture
- The changing sound of the organ from Edwardian to neo-baroque to modern
- The rediscovery of the organ case – its form and function
- The interest in new organs in historic styles
- The presentation of the organ in audio and visual media
- Historically informed performance and the organ
- Organ Builders
- The decline of 19th-century factory builders and the rise of a new generation
- The impact of electrical and electronic technology for organ control and sound
- The rediscovery of classical principles Changing attitudes to conserving and treating old organs
- The impact of imported organs in the UK Future clients for future organs
- Specific builders
- Composers, performers, and teachers
- Who wrote for the organ and what did they write?
- Who performed it?
- Who were the prominent teachers, and what was their impact?
- Organ builders and organists in association
- The emergence of amateur and professional associations for organists and organ builders, and their impact
- Twentieth-century icons
- Organs, organists or advisers who reshaped organ culture in the UK
Abstracts ARE due by 11 December, with responses from the panel of readers by 18 January. For more information, please contact: Dr Katharine Pardee, Betts Scholar in Organ Studies, Director of Chapel Music, Wadham College, University of Oxford firstname.lastname@example.org
Bringing joy to the world
14 October 2009
A concert tour of Karl Jenkins's most recent two choral works has just been announced, to tie in with the release of his latest EMI recording, Stella natalis, a Christmas themed album released in mid-November.
The five-concert Stella natalis UK tour features Tenebrae and an instrumental ensemble conducted by Jenkins.
28 November Chelmsford Cathedral (includes world premieres of Stella natalis and Joy to the World)
2 December St Albans Cathedral
4 December Clifton Cathedral Bristol
19 December Banbury St Mary's Church
22 December Norwich Cathedral
Boosey & Hawkes's website gives more information on the new works: http://www.boosey.com/cr/news/11894
EMI's website includes a video interview with the composer: http://emiclassics.co.uk/release.php?id=5099968864828#
Jenkins is now writing a new Gloria for choir and orchestra, to be premiered by the Really Big Chorus at the Royal Albert Hall on 11 July 2010.